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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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45 reader reviews for Kia Picanto Hatchback.
  • 1.1 SE 5dr

    M C Date: 10/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Guys, I thought I would leave this review on the basis of a long term test. I have owned the car since new, a 1.1 SE (2005) on the 05 plate. (March 2005)

    Although ideally suited for the commute or school run, I was mad enough to take across Europe during 2006. The car performed above expectations. Fuel econ is approx 42mpg around town and 45 mpg on run between 70-80mph. If you have a light right foot and do mostly clear motorway driving, @ 60mph you will achieve approx 55mpg.

    As other reviewers have noted the boot is not large, but big enough for the weekly shop. As there are only 3 of us, the 60/40 split rear seat, is available for the airport runs or weekends away, providing additional luggage space when needed.

    Problems with the car and nil to date and in 2 yrs I have put a set on front tyres on and that’s all. Equipment levels are high, when compared to other brands.

    To conclude, with a 3 yr warranty from new included, this is good value for money, and I would recommend.

  • 1.0 GS 5dr

    Richard Priest , Hants . Date: 15/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car from new for around six weeks now.

    The interior is basic, but well laid out - the plastics look cheap in some respects, but I didn't buy the car for leather and velour!

    The fuel economy is around 300 miles on 29 litres (35-litre tank minus the six when the fuel light pops on), so that equates to around 46mpg on long runs including motorway and town driving.

    If you don't expect it to perform like a Ferrari, the performance isn't too bad. It sits at motorway speeds without issue, although (as expected) you need to drop a couple of cogs to third to accelerate sufficiently at those speeds.

    I use it as a daily commute car, and for that it works wonders on fuel costs and comfort.

    I much prefer the seating position and the all round visibility to my Peugeot 306.

    For £4995 I cannot grumble. The only real issue is a design fault at the dealership - their storage yard backs onto a railway and thus my car is covered in rusty sparks! They have been really good and are fixing this (as they should!) so not much of a complaint there either.

  • 1.1 LX 5dr

    Holly Clegg Date: 28/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just bought a year old Kia Picanto LX, and absolutely love it!

    To drive - I do a mixture of town and motorway driving, and have found this car performs well in both. Even though it is only a 1.1 it is not slow to pull away and easily gets up to 80mph on the motorway without even noticing (which is obviously when I slowed back down to 70mph!!). Very easy to manoeuvre around little streets and great for parking, electric mirrors can be adjusted easily to prevent wheels scraping on the curb. Also the brakes are very good.

    Economy - Cheap to insure, cheap to tax, fill the tank with £25 and seems to last ages, although haven't done an actual measurement of mpg.

    Spec - Love the cd/mp3 player, love all the electrics and air con, being able to control back windows is a plus! Also love the sunglasses holder above my door! Also I really like the grill on the front, I think it adds character.

    Practicality - The boot is small, but there is a hidden compartment underneath. Also the seats are very easy to fold flat if extra space is required. Easily fit my weeks food shop. There is good leg room, my husband is 6ft5 and easily fits in passenger seat with the seat fully back, and this still leaves room in back seats for people of average height to sit comfortably.

    Overall - I would definitely recommend this car to anyone who likes all the extras, but only has a small budget and wants to have a cheap economic little car that is a pleasure to drive.

  • 1.0 GS 5dr

    nikki kelly Date: 23/08/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car in April of this year and must say that the "value for money" that the model was advertised upon is shaky to say the least.

    The brochure stated that the car should do at least 400 miles to the tank, and yet I am only getting 260 average. I have requested that this be sorted out by Kia, and I am told that their diagnostic tests show that the car is performing at 60 mpg, when in fact it does around 36. I was then told that performance would increase after 5000 miles (a good lie to keep customers off one's back), which it obviously hasn't. As it stands, I am paying an extra 4.3 pence per mile than I should be, which is an extra 11 pounds to achieve 400 miles. Then I am lied to!

    There are other cars, in the same market, which may be able to achieve 400 miles to the tank, and which have the same comfort level. Unfortunately, the customer service at Kia are appalling, which puts me off from buying another of their machines.

    NICE CAR, SHAME ABOUT KIA (and the petrol consumption)

Kia Picanto Hatchback

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